A Northampton-based charity specializing in motor neurone disease has received £75,000 to continue providing specialist equipment.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), based in Moulton Park, helps people across the country who suffer from this life-changing condition.
Today, the Wolfson Foundation – an independent grant-making charity that aims to “support civil society by investing in excellent projects in science, health, heritage, humanities and arts” – pledged £75,000 to fund wheelchair accessories and communication aids.
Ian Lev lives with MND and received a grant from the charity to fund the lift part of his wheelchair.
He said: “I can now take part in conversations when people are up, as well as being able to elevate myself to hotel receptions, shopping counters and bars.
“Without the booster seat, I would either be watched by everyone or miss parts of the conversation.
“Being able to engage in conversation at eye level makes me feel more positive and included means I don’t have to ask people to repeat what they say because they’re above my head and beyond. above my ears.
“Thank you to those who helped the MND association finance the booster seat for my wheelchair. Thank you for helping me feel like a normal person.
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The charity offers equipment loans and financial support to people living with MND. This includes communication aids and apps to help people who experience communication difficulties or loss of voice and its wheelchair assistance service can provide additional accessories, such as attendant controls, block supply or a seat lift.
Sally Light, CEO of MNDA, said, “A huge thank you to the Wolfson Foundation for this grant which will help provide much needed support to people living with MND and improve their quality of life.
Paul Ramsbottom, CEO of the Wolfson Foundation, added: “Our relationship with the Motor Neurone Disease Association goes back more than three decades.
“We are delighted to support the remarkable work of the charity as it seeks to tackle this most difficult disease.”